Photography and Loss of Sight, with Pete Eckert: The B&H Photography Podcast

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Artist Pete Eckert began to lose his sight at age twenty-seven. That’s also the time he began to study photography. In a few years, Eckert would be completely blind, but his photography practice continued, and numerous exhibitions and high-profile assignments later, he is still creating unique and personal images―and we are fortunate to welcome him to the B&H Photography Podcast.

We start our conversation learning a bit about how Eckert lost his sight and then dive right into discussing the ways he learned photography, the modifications he made to his gear, including his Mamiya medium format camera, and the manner in which he works, whether in studio, streets, or nature. Eckert is clear that his photography is not meant to pass for or mimic photography by a sighted person but rather to create images that tell his story and communicate his perceptions. One glance at his long-exposure, impressionistic images should make that clear.

After a break, we talk with Eckert about his commercial photography assignments, and we learn how he created work for Volkswagen, Swarovski, and Playboy magazine, and how he produces commercial assignments compared to his personal work. We also discuss the value of photography competitions, the groundbreaking “Sight Unseen” photography exhibit, and why Eckert’s photography was featured on an episode of the television police drama NCIS. Join us for this fascinating conversation.

Guest: Pete Eckert

Above photograph © Pete Eckert

From “Volkswagen series” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Volkswagen series” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Volkswagen series” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Volkswagen series” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Volkswagen series” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Volkswagen series” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Neurologic” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Neurologic” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Neurologic” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Neurologic” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Forest Ballet” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Forest Ballet” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Forest Ballet” Photograph © Pete Eckert
From “Forest Ballet” Photograph © Pete Eckert
“Charlie by the Portal” from NCIS, 2007. Photograph © Pete Eckert
“Charlie by the Portal” from NCIS, 2007. Photograph © Pete Eckert
United Nations postage stamp, 2013. Photograph © Pete Eckert
United Nations postage stamp, 2013. Photograph © Pete Eckert

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Shawn C Steiner

2 Comments

It would be really helpful if the podcasts had the recorded-on or posted-on dates attached to them.  I like to know if I'm listening to something new/recent or old.  Thanks.

Thanks so much for listening Henry. On the podcast homepage, we post the publish date of each episode. The large majority are new episodes as of their posted date but if its an encore episode, we will be sure to mention the original release date in the copy as well, something we didn't always do.  Thanks for the comment